Thursday, August 20, 2020

Hummus It’s Not Just For Dipping!

      I really enjoy hummus! But I got tired of using it with chips, crackers or on sandwiches. Then it occurred to me this needs to be a sauce. So for a little while I have been saucing it up on noodles, vegetables and now rice. Many of these can be seen on my Instagram @clynnsart and on YouTube C.LynnsArt of Cooking, go follow and subscribe to stay updated on new dishes!

     The key is the amount of liquid that is used to thin it out, because different milks or water amounts will make it barely recognizable and you don’t want that. You want the hummus flavor to come through, so put 2 spoonfuls in a bowl to 1 spoonful of liquid and stir briskly. Is it smooth enough to coat your food? If so great! If not add another spoonful of liquid and stir, check it, and then keep adding till it is how you want it! If it gets to thin, NO WORRIES 😉 add some hummus by the spoonful and start again. It’s just that easy and when you add your favorite seasonings you just created your own sauce! Happy Eating! 

Now on to the next blog post! 

Later, Crystal 

Monday, August 10, 2020

To Soak or Not to Soak? That is the question!

     Beans, what to do with them? My main two beans I eat monthly are Lentils and Garbonzo or better known as Chickpeas. Lentils are my favorite they are no hassle at all. They can be soaked or not, depending on how much time you have. Lentils don’t usually take long to cook because they are small but can be easily over cooked and become mushy. I prefer mine just at the point where they are cooked but have not totally disintegrated!  As for Chickpeas, it’s really a love hate relationship, it seems like no matter how long they soak it still takes them 1.5-2 hours to be soft enough to eat easily. The test for me was last week, if you follow me on IG @clynnsart on my IG TV I cooked a great dish with Chickpeas. I had soaked them for 3 days, first overnight room temperature, them the next 2 in the fridge this is definitely longer then the bag recommended but when I did 1 day overnight I had to cook them for what seemed 3 hours! This is so not simple cooking! So that’s not me! So the longer soaking was to prevent that, well I shaved off an hour! 

     So I recommend read the label, ask you favorite cook or test it yourself to see what works for you when it comes to beans. Soaking beans helps make the bean be more digestible which is easier on you overall health. Do your own research for further details. 

Catch me on IG @clynnsart and YouTube C.LynnsArt of Cooking

Now on to the next blog!